The Department of Aging and Disabilities has updated a booklet on community support groups. The booklet focuses on groups for care giving, Alzheimer's disease, bereavement for adults and children, diabetes, brain injury, cancer, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary problems, Parkinson's, and bowel and urinary diversions. The booklet is free and available at the department, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis, or online at aacounty.org/aging/resources/community_support_groups.pdf. Information: 410-222-4257.
Trips for 2012
Members of the Annapolis Senior Activity Center can stop by the trip desk for a preview of 2012 outings and to make reservations and deposits. Information: 410-222-1818.
Brochures on residents' rights in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities and another brochure on the ombudsman program protecting those residents are available from the Department of Aging and Disabilities. The brochures are titled "Resident's Rights in Nursing Homes/Rehabilitation Centers in Maryland," "Resident's Rights in Assisted Living Facilities in Maryland" and "Ombudsman: Your Resident Advocate." Information: 410-222-4464 or aacounty.org/aging.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has published its 2012-2013 edition of "Services for Seniors, Adults with Disabilities and Caregivers." The free directory is printed annually in May (Older Americans Month) and includes information on rental and housing assistance, legal help, county social services benefits and caregiver information. Copies are available at department headquarters, 2666 Riva Road, fourth floor, Annapolis; the seven senior activity centers; county libraries; at CVS, Food Lion and Wawa stores; and online at aacounty.org/aging. Information: 410-222-4257.
Information on assisted-living homes and other housing options for seniors has been updated on the county Department of Aging and Disabilities website at aacounty.org/aging.
These activities will be offered at the Annapolis Senior Activity Center, 119 S. Villa Ave. Information: 410-222-1818:
Party A "Sailing Way" Halloween party will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. The event features a costume contest for all ages, and grandchildren can parade and trick-or-treat from classroom to classroom. Light refreshments will be served, and music will be provided by Swarbrick and Birney.
Wellness day The annual Caregivers' Wellness Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10. This is a day to nurture the nonprofessional, unpaid family caregiver. Lunch will be provided. Register by Nov. 6.
Financial planning A workshop on retirement and making your money last will be held at 10 a.m. Nov. 13. The workshop covers 10 principles leading to a stable retirement income.
Hearing screenings Allied Hearing Associates of Annapolis offers screenings on a first come, first served basis from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 14.
These activities will be offered at the Arnold Senior Activity Center, 44 Church Road. Information: 410-222-1922:
Party A Monster Mash Dance Party celebrating Halloween will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Participants are invited to wear costumes, with prizes being awarded in various categories. Music will be provided by the Bates Jazz and R&B Ensemble.
The Pascal Go-Getters present their fall show from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.
Concert Asbury United Methodist Church's Handbell Choir performs from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.
Spine health Edward Bartlinski of Bartlinski Chiropractic will perform a spinal scan and offer a mini-consultation about spine health from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 13. Appointments will be taken starting Nov. 9.
Caregiver group meeting A support group for men will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 13. The group was established when men who are caregivers decided they have unique issues they wish to discuss and to seek support from other men in similar circumstances. Free.
Classes Peggy Bruce will teach American Sign Language from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 21. Participants will learn basic signs, numbers and letters and receive an introduction to finger spelling. Also, Flo Ormond will teach "One-Stroke Painting" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Dec. 13. Learn a special way to load paint on your brush and techniques that can be used to paint many items, including glass, fabric, paper and craft items.
Scrabble Challenge your brain by playing Scrabble, 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays. New participants are welcome.
The following activities will be offered at the Brooklyn Park Activity Center, 202 Hammonds Lane. Information: 410-222-6847:
Foot specialist Podiatrist Milton Glazier will meet with center members to talk about foot treatments from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 7 and 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8.
Final arrangements Jeff Kumble of Cedar Hill Cemetery will explain the advantages of planning final arrangements in advance and the importance of making one's wishes known during a talk from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and Nov. 19.
Cooking The Pampered Chef, which offers a line of kitchen tools and food products, will have a presentation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 8 and Nov. 14.
The following activities will be offered at the O'Malley Senior Activity Center, 1270 Odenton Road, Odenton. Information: 410-222-6227:
Concert Jay Wachter and the Gangplank Ragtime Band perform at 10 a.m. Nov. 7.
Cataracts Divya Srikumaran of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Center will talk about cataracts and the aging eye at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14. Signs and symptoms of a cataract and the process of cataract surgery will be discussed.
Dance concert The Ballet Theatre of Maryland performs "An American Journey Through Dance" at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
Declutter talk Kate Leatherman will discuss "Downsizing your Possessions" at 10 a.m. Nov. 28.
Vendors are needed for the center's holiday craft/vendor and bake sale being held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13. Space is available for $10 and includes a card table. Call Katrina Smith at 410-222-0140 or email her at email@example.com.
Quilt Club Participants can help one another with projects and learn ideas and techniques every Friday at 1 p.m. at the O'Malley Annex. Machines are available. New members are welcome.
The following activities will be offered at the Pasadena Senior Activity Center, 4103 Mountain Road. Information: 410-222-0030:
Flu shots Safeway Pharmacy will host a flu shot clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Free with your Medicare Part B Card or $30. Must be at least 18 years old.
Art A new class, "Drawing with Lucille," will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays through Dec. 11. Cost is $10 for supplies.
The following activities will be offered at the Pascal Senior Activity Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie. Information: 410-222-6680:
Weight-loss program Dietitian Sheryl Hoehner will offer a seven-session class on weight loss from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays. Topics will include pointers on losing weight, decreasing sodium and increasing fiber in your diet, and strategies for reducing overindulgence during the holidays. Fee is $25.
Book club The center's club meets at 9 a.m. the first Friday of each month.
Luncheon Tickets go on sale Monday, Nov. 5, for the center's Holiday Luncheon being held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue. Music will be provided by Tim Amann and Pet Rock. Tickets are $20; $18 for members.
Workshop Ann Hall and Geri Kelley will conduct a workshop, "Smocked Christmas Ornament," from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 14. Bring scissors. Kit supplies are $10.
The following activities will be offered at the South County Senior Activity Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater. Information: 410-222-1927 or 410-798-4802:
Meeting The center's Computer Users Group will meet from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. The meeting is about items that might be on your or your relatives' wish list for new or different cyber items or gadgets for the holiday gift-giving season.
Tour The Genealogy Club will tour the Family History Library, 1875 Ritchie Highway in Annapolis at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5. The speaker will be Hugh Tonebene.
Health A representative from the Arthritis Foundation will talk about rheumatoid arthritis at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5.
Concert Harpist Heidi Sturniolo will perform light classical, jazz and pop music at 1 p.m. Nov. 7.
Single seniors group The Single Seniors Group encourages companionship, support and group participation in activities such as movies, dances, picnics and tours. Information: 410-222-6680 or aacounty.org/aging (click on the senior center).